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Sports roundup: Lady Redskins just keep rolling along
Olonna Rawls
Junior Olonna Rawls (with ball) had 34 points and five steals to lead Bryan County High School past Woodville- Tompkins on Tuesday in Pembroke. Photo by Stormi Bush.

Bryan County High School improved to 16-0 with a 68-48 win Tuesday over visiting Woodville-Tompkins in a battle for first place in Region 2-AA.

The Wolverines (13-4) are frequently one of the top teams in Class AA, and they have BCHS coach Mario Mincey’s respect.

“Woodville is a very talented team that had beaten some strong non-region opponents,” he said. “We knew we had to play our best in order to defeat them. I was really proud of our team defense and our ability to force several turnovers early in the game.”

Junior Olonna Rawls led the charge with 34 points and five steals. Alation Eason added eight points and three steals. Seniors Shelby Gunn and Jay Black combined for 23 points and 24 rebounds, and Mincey said Senior Jabrai Boyd did a great job of defending Woodville’s best player and had a good night rebounding the ball.

“We we will continue to work hard in practice and just play as a team,” he said.

The Lady Redskins are ranked No. 4 in Class AA at the moment and off to the best start in Mincey's 13 years as coach. His 2016-17 team started 14-2 during their run to the Elite Eight.

Bryan County plays host to 2-AA foe Metter on Jan. 15.

Richmond Hill sounding winning note on courts

Richmond Hill High Schools Lady Wildcats are also playing well under former standout Sarah Brown. Richmond Hill is 15-3 after a 40-35 loss at Brunswick and sits a game behind the Lady Pirates in third place in Region 2-AAAAAAA.

Glynn Academy (16-2 overall) leads the region.

The Wildcats, under former RHHS point guard Bill Henderson, are 10-8 overall and 2-1 in the region after a 48-47 loss to Brunswick.

Both teams play at Bradwell on Friday in another region matchup.

Wrestlers host region duals Friday, Saturday

Defending state wrestling champ Richmond Hill is hosting the Georgia High School Association Region 2-AAAAAAA team dual tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Sharpe still sharp at helm of Muleriders The Southern Arkansas Muleriders, coached by former Richmond Hill High School point guard Andy Sharpe, are off to a 10-2 start in Division II play.

From the SAU website: “(Last season,) Sharpe guided a young, but talented roster to a 15-14 overall record and an 11-11 record in GAC play. At times during the 2017-18 campaign, Sharpe would have four and even five freshmen on the court at one time. The experienced gained during the course of last season will be beneficial or the 2018-19 campaign.

“In 2015-16, Sharpes Muleriders posted a 17-13 overall record and had a 13-9 mark in conference play. The 17 wins in 2015-16 would set a NCAA Division II standard for the Muleriders and were the most wins overall since 1991-92. Additionally, the 13 conference wins were also the most at SAU in the DII era (1995-96 first year in DII).

“As far as post-season play is concerned, Sharpe has led the Muleriders to the GAC Tournament all six years at the helm and has advanced the team to the semi-finals twice with opening round wins in 2014 and 2016. Under Sharpe, SAU is one of only two schools that have made the GAC Tournament in six-consecutive seasons; joining Arkansas Tech in that regard.”

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